From discovery to drugs: developing new treatments for stroke
Our Keynote Lecture showcases the latest advancements being made in stroke research. It took place this year on Tuesday 23 May at Guildhall, London.
This year’s lecture was delivered by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester. Professor Rothwell is one of the UK’s leading neuroscientists whose research focuses on inflammation in brain disease, especially stroke.
Previous attempts to find new treatments that limit damage to the brain immediately after a stroke have had limited success. This has been for a number of reasons. Nancy and her team have taken a different approach – targeting inflammation. Nancy’s work has identified some of the main cells and molecules that drive inflammation in the brain. This inflammation leads to brain cell death and can ultimately lead to impairments that occur after a stroke.
We heard how Nancy and her team are now in the advanced stages of clinical trials in both ischaemic strokes, caused by a clot in the brain, and subarachnoid haemorrhage, a type of stroke caused by a bleed on the brain.
Research Awards Ceremony
Following the Keynote Lecture, we proudly presented this year's six awarded positions from across our portfolio of awards.
Professor Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Office for Science presented the awards on behalf of the Stroke Association.
Lady Estelle Wolfson joined Sir Mark on stage to present certificates to each recipient. Lady Estelle has been a major contributor to our research programme and is one of the UK's leading philanthropists.
We're delighted to announce the following award winners:
- The Stroke Association HRH The Princess Margaret Clinical Lectureship Award awarded to Dr Katie Gallacher, University of Glasgow.
- The Stroke Association HRH The Princess Margaret Lectureship Award awarded to Dr Paul Kasher, University of Manchester.
- The Stroke Association HRH The Princess Margaret Clinical Reader Award awarded to Dr Chris Price, Newcastle University.
- Vascular Dementia Priority Programme Award awarded to Professor Roxana Carare, University of Southampton.
- Vascular Dementia Priority Programme Award awarded to Professor Karen Horsburgh, University of Edinburgh.
- Vascular Dementia Priority Programme Award awarded to Professor Joanna Wardlaw, University of Edinburgh.
Princess Margaret Fund for Stroke Research
The Princess Margaret Fund for Stroke Research provides a unique opportunity for philanthropists who care about stroke to invest in areas of stroke research which have the greatest potential to change our understanding of this disease and develop new life-saving treatments.
Vascular Dementia Priority Programme
Our Vascular Dementia Priority Programme Awards are awarded in Partnership with Alzheimer's Society and the British Heart Foundation